Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Hello,
I get so many emails from other au pairs asking me how to go about choosing a host family. My first advise is to go with your instincts. You are the person who can make the best decision.
I would ask many questions to the family. Most important one is to get a clear work schedule and duties. You must get these written if you can in your au pair contract.
You must also ask them for pictures of the house and the family. Find out what kind of area they live in. Is it close to public transportation? Will you drive or take the bus/subway? This is very important if you want to go to a language school.
Talk to their references if they provide them. Ask them if they had an au pair before.
I found a long list of questions to ask here http://www.aupairconnect.com/help41.asp
I think all of them are important and can be used as a guide.
Jana

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